Trying to be like Mike has been Hoff's Olympic downfall

Updated: August 15, 2008, 1:07 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

BEIJING -- Katie Hoff needs a new plan. No more Phelpsing it.

Four years younger than the greatest swimmer of all, Michael Phelps, she's spent much of her life following in his giant footsteps. Both are from the Baltimore area and trained with the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. Both were prodigies, setting national age-group records as youngsters. Both made their first Olympics at age 15 and their second at 19. Both plotted incredibly ambitious programs for these Beijing Games.

And ...

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